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November 7, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARCHFOURTH MARCHING BAND BRINGS VAUDEVILLE TO SYMPHONY STAGE


Portland, Ore. … A night of brass band and vaudevillian antics are front and center at the next Oregon Symphony Pops Concert, “High Wire High Jinks.” Performances are scheduled for Saturday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, November 25 at 3 p.m. and Monday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The concert is generously sponsored by the Willamette Week.

The concert will open with Portland’s own MarchFourth Marching Band. The group got its name by accident when a bunch of artists and musicians in N.E. Portland decided to put a marching band together for a Fat Tuesday party (March 4th, 2003), originally performing a 7-song set of tunes that included covers of Rebirth Brass Band, Fela Kuti and Fleetwood Mac. The band’s gigs in the following weeks—a peace rally and opening slots with the Youngblood Brass Band and Pink Martini—cemented the group as a unit. The band has since evolved into a mobile big band spectacular, consisting of a 12-piece horn section, a 10-piece drum/percussion corps, anchored by electric bass (battery powered). MarchFourth writes and performs its own material, and also draws inspiration from an eclectic range of worldwide influences, such as Eastern European Gypsy Brass, Samba, Funk, Afro-Beat, Big-Band, Jazz, and Rock music, as well as television, film, circus and Vaudeville.

The vaudevillian theme continues after intermission with a showing of Safety Last, a 1923 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd, with accompaniment by the full Oregon Symphony Orchestra. The film includes one of the most famous images from the silent film era: Lloyd clutching the bending hands of a clock on the side of a building as he dangles from the outside of a skyscraper above moving traffic. The film was highly successful and critically hailed, and cemented Lloyd's status as a major figure in early motion pictures. It is still popular at revivals, and is viewed today as one of the great film comedies.

The program is conducted by Jeff Tyzik. Tyzik has earned a reputation as one of America’s most innovative pops conductors. Described by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle as “among the best pops conductors in America,” he is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for over a decade, he also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets start at $15 and may be purchased at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, located at 923 S.W. Washington. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased anytime online at www.OrSymphony.org or charged by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available through the group sales hotline at (503) 416-6380. Media support is provided the Willamette Week and KINK fm. Additional support is provided by Town & Country and Chinook Winds Casino.

Images and guest artist bios are available at www.orsymphony.org/newsroom/artists.aspx.

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